Firms that sit by the fire when it comes to meeting critical requirements of the latest fire safety legislation may well get burned!

That’s the New Year warning from David Lalor, director of Yorkshire company Fire Key.

David said an increasing number of firms and organisations were now using Fire Key to undertake fire risk assessments that allow them to meet their legal responsibilities surrounding ever more complex and ever-changing legislation.

He commented: “There’s so much confusion, notably in relation to larger buildings and business premises. By law, they must produce a valid and current fire risk assessment and have a designated person responsible for fire safety in place.

“However, there remains widespread bewilderment about exactly what they’re supposed to be doing and who is actually responsible for doing it. People are now realising that they often need to bring in a specialist to help, advise and guide them through the minefield to ensure compliance.”

Fire Key has successfully undertaken fire risk assessments on behalf of the West Yorkshire-based Czajka Care Group, owned by Konrad Czajka, which has nursing homes in Nab Wood, Shipley, Cross Hills and Steeton. The group’s head office, community care headquarters and new training centre are all based in Saltaire.

Health and safety manager David Riley, commented: “We care for over 300 residents and not only do we put their care first, but we also have an obligation for their safety, along with that of visiting relatives and friends, plus our own staff.

“Over the last six months, working in partnership with Fire Key, the Czajka Care Group has strengthened all its fire safety requirements.  We are in safe hands thanks to the company.”

Keighley-based Harrison & Clough, the UK’s leading supplier of fasteners, fixings, hand and power tools, is another Fire Key customer.

The company’s operations director Stephen Hey said: “Since the changes to the fire safety legislation, Fire Key has undertaken thorough and comprehensive fire risks assessments at all our UK sites.

“They has also installed a new fire alarm system at our head office in Keighley and now service all our fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers and emergency lighting.

“We aim to work with local businesses whenever possible and Fire Key provides us with a one-stop-shop for meeting our obligations. Their expertise ensures we are fully compliant with the latest fire regulations.”

David Lalor added: “Fire safety is a must – bright sparks that play with fire and shun their legal obligations are in dire danger of getting their fingers burned!”

Firekey is a standalone division of Keighley-based Keybury Fire & Security, which also has regional offices in Skipton, Ikley, Harrogate and York. Further information on fire safety is posted at